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Inspiring 'The Methodological Imagination': Using art and literature in social science methods teaching

Seymour, Julie

Authors

Julie Seymour J.D.Seymour@hull.ac.uk



Contributors

Michael Hviid Jacobsen
Editor

Michael S. Drake
Editor

Anders Petersen
Editor

Abstract

This chapter shows that how the use of art and literature in undergraduate research method modules can stimulate student involvement but perhaps more importantly lead to their greater intellectual understanding of the core principles of critically reading and carrying out social research. It illustrates how an engagement with contemporary literary and art forms can increase student enjoyment of research methods modules, confirm the academic and quotidian relevance of the research process to the social world but also, more importantly, develop students' critical methodological imaginations. The chapter discusses the use of fiction, television programmes and cartoons as an aid to student understanding of the areas of epistemology. theory, methodology and research techniques, as well as the interlinkages between these discrete parts of the research endeavour. The final element of the social research process consists of the research techniques themselves; that is the 'instruments' used for collecting and analysing data.

Publication Date Mar 31, 2013
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Book Title Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research.
Chapter Number 11
APA6 Citation Seymour, J. (2013). Inspiring 'The Methodological Imagination': Using art and literature in social science methods teaching. In M. H. Jacobsen, M. S. Drake, & A. Petersen (Eds.), Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social ResearchLondon: Taylor & Francis (Routledge). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315587882
DOI https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315587882
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